Posted on 12/23/2017 by Dr. Shiotsu
Good oral hygiene is very important, even when you have dentures. Oral hygiene does defiantly impact your overall health.
Our goal is to make sure you stay healthy, happy, and confident with your smile. We want to make sure your dentures fit snug and without pain or discomfort. As we age the shape of our teeth and gums will change.
This is completely natural and will happen to everyone, even if you are able to keep your real teeth, so it is very important to continue to make it to regular office visits so we can continue to keep an eye on things.
Small adjustments can be made, but in some cases, you may want to talk with us about a denture upgrade. Here is some information on what that means for you.
How Can a Denture Upgrade Help You With Your Oral Functions?When you get a new set of dentures it may take a while to get used to them. Small adjustments can be made by your dentist to make them fit more comfortably.
We may recommend that you keep them in overnight when you first get them so that you can get used to them being there. We can give you tips and tricks on how to keep them from moving around while you talk or eat since it will take some practice.
It can be a little tricky to keep the denture in place until your cheeks and tongue learn how to hold them. Over time your mouth will continue to change shape.
With proper care, your dentures can last a long time, but may not be the best fit for you with everyday oral functions. If you notice them sliding around more than you like, or they cause you too much frustration, you may want to talk with us about upgrading to a denture implant. This will make your dentures a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Implants are secured into the jawbone and act as roots to your new teeth. Your dentures are attached to them and hold them in place. With new dental technology, we are able to give you a perfect smile.
You will still want to come in for deep cleaning and so we can check for signs of wear. With your denture implants, you will be able to do all your everyday functions without the stress that can come with traditional dentures.
There are a couple of different ways we can go about doing this procedure and that is something we want to discuss while you are in the office. No two people have the same layout in their mouth so each procedure is unique to the patient.
We can go over how many implants you will need to hold your dentures in place, how long it will take to heal, how to take care of your new teeth and how much it will cost.
The good news is this option can be the last set of teeth you will ever need. We are confident you will be impressed with the results. You may only need a partial permanent fixture.
Whatever your needs may be we want you smiling and full of confidence. Give us a call and schedule an appointment so we can talk about your options. We look forward to seeing you.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (206) 232-3600 today.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington